Posts by Anne McDonough

Kiplinger Research Library Resumes Fu...

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As of the end of January 2017, the Kiplinger Research Library has resumed full reference services. Make an appointment to continue your exploration of D.C. history! After a four-month-long hiatus in library services due to unexpected building maintenance requiring the relocation of staff from the Carnegie Library building, we are thrilled to [...]

2016 Wrap-up, 2017 Lift-Off!

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While library services were on hiatus this past fall and as limited services returned at the beginning of the new year, the small but mighty Historical Society staff were far from idle.  Aided by incredible colleagues at partner institutions such as the National Building Museum, the Newseum, The George Washington University Museum – The [...]

Hands On Learning at the Historical S...

Hands On Learning at the Historical Society
Thanks to a grant from the Bloedorn Foundation, students from the SEED Public Charter School were among those who explored the resources of the Kiplinger Research Library during the 2015-2016 school year. The beginning of the traditional summer break is a great time to look back at the at the educational programming the Historical Society of [...]

DISTRICT Exhibit Program Schedule

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Riots. Unemployment. Demolition. Beginning the evening of January 6, take an unfiltered look at the DISTRICT in the 1960s and 1970s through the extraordinary eye of Washingtonian Chris Earnshaw. On view in the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s rotating exhibit space in the Carnegie Library building, through February 26 (Tuesday-F [...]

Spandorf Exhibit Program Schedule

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Collaboration’s the name of the game: On November 21st, For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf—presented at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum and co-produced and co-curated with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.—opened its doors. And in addition to the exhibit itself, both partners are pleased to [...]

What If? Washington: A Castle-less Ca...

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The Castle, burning, 1865. (Kiplinger Washington Collection, KC0785) Imagine. What if the Smithsonian Castle had burned all the way to the ground when flames surrounded the building in 1865? One of the most distinctive – and wonderfully odd, really, with its mismatched turrets and cloister-influenced nooks and crannies – and immed [...]

Personal Archiving: Digital Photograp...

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Just grabbing a quick drink, ca. 1895. Luther Fristoe Family photograph album (AL 019) The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. counts many magnificent personal photograph albums among the collections, documenting the up-close-and-personal of D.C. residents as well as tourists through the years. And while print albums come with their own sl [...]

reVISION / reVIEW Exhibit Programming...

The newest exhibition at the Historical Society opened September 23, and will run through December. On September 23rd the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., opened a new exhibition,  reVISION: THINKING BIG and reVIEW: Looking Back. (For images from opening night, check us out on Facebook). And on Tuesday September 29th, exhibit programmi [...]

Full House for House History Workshop...

City directories reveal the names, occupations, and sometimes race of previous inhabitants of District residences. Who lived in your house?
House history workshops are a gateway to the myriad local history resources available at both the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the Washingtoniana Division of the D.C. Public Library. The Kiplinger Research Library hosted nearly sixty new and veteran researchers on August 15 as part of the DC Community Heritage Project House His [...]

Tip of the CAP: The Great Rehousing P...

The Ephemera Collection has been stored in filing cabinets for years. The CAP report recommended rehousing the entire collection.
The Society applied for and was thrilled to receive a 2014 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) grant. This is Part IV of a series of posts regarding the CAP assessment. (Here are Part I, Part II, and Part III).  One of the recommendations made in the report was the rehousing of the Ephemera Collection. We’re so happy to report that th [...]